Why these little chips make a big difference
As well as microchips being a legal requirement for dogs (and soon to be for cats as well), they also give you a greater guarantee that your pet will be reunited with you. Although collar tags have your information on them, they can also go missing or be removed, which is why it is important to have something more permanent in place.
When a lost pet comes through our doors, the first thing we do is scan for a microchip so that we can call you and let you know they are safe.
Make sure your details are up to date to have the best chance of reuniting your pet with you should the worst happen.
Last year, we reunited 22% of stray cats and 39% of stray dogs. The remainder did not have microchips or the details were out of date. Although we also post on PetsLocated to try and find owners, a chip is still the quickest and best way to confirm your pet is yours.
Where to find your microchip information
Your vet will have it on their record, or you can ask for a scan to confirm it.
There are several UK database companies, and sometimes the pet may have been chipped abroad. www.check-a-chip.co.uk is a great place to start if you cannot remember which company you are registered with. If you adopted from us, we use Petlog.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small electronic chip which is implanted under the skin and contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner. It doesn’t emit any signals or radiation, but instead is a bit like a barcode.
It is uncomfortable for a couple of seconds when pushed in, but does not need an anaesthetic, much the same as a vaccination.
The unique number can be typed into a database, where professionals such as rescue centres and vets can look up your contact details that you have put there.
Getting your pet microchipped
Ask at your vets!
What to do if you lose a pet
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